Education benefits available to veterans and active duty service members
We’re grateful for your sacrifice and ready to support you in accessing the benefits you’ve earned. Did you know the GI Bill® contains numerous education and training benefits for you and your family? You may find one program that suits you better than others. You may even discover that you’re eligible for more than one benefit.
Below are the education and training programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Based on such factors as the length of your service, the degree or certification you’re pursuing, college fund eligibility, and more, you could receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
The VA pays this benefit via a monthly stipend. You must submit a monthly certification of attendance.
Learn more about the Montgomery GI Bill.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
Are you an active service member interested in transferring your education benefits to a spouse or dependent? Here’s how it works:
- Apply with the Department of Defense for approval to transfer the benefits when on active duty service.
- Once DoD approval is received, have your spouse or dependent apply here to complete the transfer.
This scholarship, named for Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, is available for children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 11, 2001. The fund pays eligible dependents up to 36 months of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, including tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies.
Learn more about the Fry Scholarship.
Offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for this benefit.
The program offers up to 36 months of education benefits for eligible dependents of certain veterans. Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
To qualify for this benefit, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. Learn more about Survivors and Dependents Assistance.
If you have a disability that was caused — or made worse — by your active-duty service and that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, you may be able to get employment support or services to help you live as independently as possible.
If you’re participating in a VR&E program and also qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you can choose to get paid the GI Bill subsistence rate instead of the Chapter 31 subsistence allowance rate. In most cases the GI Bill rate is higher.
Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.